Today the Rt Hon Philip Hammond delivered his Budget Statement to the House of Commons. The emphasis the Chancellor placed on ensuring that the UK was ready to compete in a post Brexit world was evident in the education package that was announced, which included pledges to:
- Increase the number of skilled mathematicians, announcing that £600 would be given to schools for every additional student taking A-level or core maths qualifications
- Expand the Mastery of Maths programme to a further 3000 schools
- Triple the number of trained computer science teachers to increase digital skills
- Work with industry to create a centre for computing to further help increase digital skills and meet the government’s aim to address gender disparity in STEM subjects
- Provide 20 million in funding to support teachers and FE colleges to prepare for the implementation of T-Levels
- Help address teacher development, with teachers in underperforming schools to be offered training grants worth up to £1,000 each to improve their skills as part of a £42 million fund for professional development.
Moving to wider skills, the Chancellor emphasised:
- The importance of preparing people for a rapidly changing workforce with the announcement that the government, the CBI and the TUC would work together to set a strategic direction for a national retraining scheme to help prepare the nation’s workforce.
- Plans to invest £30 million to test the use of AI and innovative EdTech in online digital skills courses so that learners can benefit from this emerging technology, wherever they are in the country.
Finally, he also stated that the Government will continue to work with employers to ensure that they get the most out of the Apprenticeship Levy.